Most-watched soccer games on US TV for June 13-19, 2017

The FIFA Confederations Cup kicked off last Saturday with the opening four matches averaging 1.3 million viewers across the networks of Telemundo. The highest viewership for the first round of play was unsurprisingly found on the second day as nearly 2.9 million people tuned in to FOX Sports 1 and Telemundo for Mexico’s opening match of the tournament. The game scored 2.3 million total streaming minutes to become Telemundo’s most-streamed match ever.

On the English-language side, FOX Sports 1 averaged 298,333 viewers for their first three broadcasts of the tournament with Cameroon’s match against Chile being broadcast on Fox Sports 2.

The National Women’s Soccer League hit a season-high 110,000 viewers on Lifetime last Saturday for a 1-1 draw between the Chicago Red Stars and Washington Spirit. The league is now averaging over 93,000 viewers with 12 regular season matches remaining to be broadcast on Lifetime.

Last Sunday’s match between the Philadelphia Union and New York Red Bulls averaged 239,500 viewers after bouncing around between ESPN2 and ESPN because of the NCAA Baseball College World Series. The match was forced to kick off on ESPN2, where it remained for most of the first half before jumping over to ESPN for the halftime show, second half and post-game coverage.

Here are the most-watched soccer games on US TV for June 13-19, 2017:

Average viewing audiences for soccer leagues on US TV:

Rank Date Competition Teams TV1 TV2 Total
1 6/18/17 Confederations Cup Portugal / Mexico FS1; 485000 Telemundo; 2400000 2,885,000
2 6/18/17 Confederations Cup Cameroon / Chile —; — Telemundo; 1300000 1,300,000
3 6/17/17 Confederations Cup Russia / New Zealand FS1; 253000 Telemundo; 550000 803,000
4 6/19/17 Confederations Cup Australia / Germany FS1; 157000 Telemundo; 380000 537,000
5 6/17/17 MLS Los Angeles Galaxy / Houston Dynamo UniMás; 339000 —; — 339,000
6 6/17/17 MLS New York City / Seattle Sounders ESPN; 306000 —; — 306,000
7 6/18/17 MLS Philadelphia Union / New York Red Bulls ESPN/2; 239500 —; — 239,500
8 6/13/17 Int’l Friendly France / England ESPN2; 231000 —; — 231,000
9 6/13/17 CONCACAF WCQ Panama / Honduras —; — Unvso; 132000 132,000
10 6/17/17 NWSL Red Stars / Spirit Lifetime; 110000 —; — 110,000

Average MLS viewing audiences on US TV:

Major League Soccer Averages              
League Overall* ESPN ESPN2 FOX FS1 Univision UniMás
2017 MLS 241,817 (30) 289,111 (9) 244,333 (3) 409,000 (2) 182,571** (15)    
2016 MLS 257,683 (63) 290,179 (28) 201,500 (4) 658,000 (5) 154,346 (26)    
2017 NWSL 93,111 (10)            
               
          *English-Only    
          **Data missing for 1 game  

SEE MORE: Access our archives of US TV ratings for soccer.

HT ShowBuzz Daily

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  1. Cpcva June 26, 2017
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